Shannon Richardson

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Shannon Richardson
Born Shannon Rogers
(1977-08-31) August 31, 1977 (age 36)[1]
United States
Other names Shannon Rogers Guess,[2] Shannon Rogers Guess Richardson,[3] Shannon Guess Richardson[4][5]
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009-2013
Known for sending letters laced with Ricin
Spouse(s) Nathan Richardson[6]

Shannon Richardson, sometimes billed as Shannon Guess (nee Shannon Rogers on August 31, 1977), is an American actress.[1]

Richardson is known for minor television and film roles and for her involvement in ricin-laced letters sent to U.S. President Barack Obama and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, for which she was indicted.[7][8]


Richardson has had small roles in television shows and films, including The Vampire Diaries, Franklin & Bash, The Change-Up and The Walking Dead.[9][10][11]

Personal life[edit]

At the time of her arrest, Richardson lived in New Boston, Texas.[12][13]

Richardson has been married three times.[2] Since October 8, 2011, she has been married to Nathan Richardson, a U.S. Army veteran who works as a mechanic in a military depot.[1]

As of June 2013, Richardson had five children, ranging in age from 4 to 19, and was pregnant with another;[14] none of them are fathered by Nathaniel Richardson, her current husband.[14][15] On July 4, 2013, Richardson gave birth to a baby boy named Brody while in custody. Officials said that the baby was born four months prematurely, and was only two pounds, and he needs to remain hospitalized.[16] In August 2013, Nathan Richardson won temporary custody of Brody.[17][18]

Ricin poisoning attempt[edit]

In May 2013, while going through a divorce, Richardson called the police and accused her husband of mailing letters laced with the poison ricin to several politicians.[2][15]

Nathan Richardson has not been charged with any crime.[2][19][20] He told investigators that his wife set him up.[21] Investigators found evidence that Shannon Richardson mailed the ricin laced letters herself, in an effort to set up her estranged husband.[12][22][23]

Shannon Richardson was arrested on June 7, 2013 for her alleged involvement in ricin-laced letters sent to politicians including President Barack Obama and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.[24][25] She was charged with "mailing a threatening letter to President Barack Obama".[5][26] On June 6, she confessed that she had mailed the three letters, knowing they contained ricin, but claimed her husband made her do it.[5]

By June 15, 2013, Richardson's star meter was No. 1 on IMDb, Internet Movie Database, and had been for several days. [27]

On June 20, 2013, a federal judge ordered Richardson be given a psychological examination, based on a request from her court-appointed attorney, who said she had shown "a pattern of behavior" that raised questions about her ability to assist in her own criminal defense.[28]

On June 28, 2013, Richardson was indicted and charged in the mailing of ricin-laced letters to Obama and Bloomberg. The three-count indictment accused her of mailing three threatening letters around May 20 to Obama, Bloomberg, and Mark Glaze, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.[8] A criminal complaint filed on June 7 revealed that the Federal Bureau of Investigations had used Mail Isolation Control and Tracking (MICT), a previously undisclosed mass surveillance program run by the U.S. Postal Service, to narrow its investigation to Richardson.[29]

On November 22, Shannon Richardson reached a plea agreement and faces up to five years' imprisonment on each of three counts.[30] On December 10, she pled guilty and was sent to the Texas State Prison System where she faces up to eighteen years.[31]


  1. ^ a b c Michael Martinez. Susan Candiotti, and Carol Cratty (June 7, 2013). "Texas actress first accuses husband, but she's arrested in ricin case". CNN. Retrieved June 7, 2013. "Shannon Richardson, 35, also known as Shannon Rogers and Shannon Guess..." 
  2. ^ a b c d "Texas man held by FBI in Obama threat, Bloomberg ricin letter cases revealed". NY Daily News. May 31, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Actress charged in ricin letters sent to Obama, Bloomberg". November 14, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Shannon Guess Affidavit". 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c Goldstein, Joseph (2013). "Woman From Texas Is Charged in Ricin Case". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Person of Interest in Ricin Letters Case". Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ "BBC News - Texas actress held over ricin letter 'gun threat'". Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "‘Vampire Diaries’ Actress Shannon Rogers Guess Richardson Indicted On 3 Counts For Sending Ricin Letters". International Business Times. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Hunter Walker May 31, 2013, 7:03 PM (May 31, 2013). "Feds Focus On Texas Man In Latest Ricin Letters Case | TPMDC". Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ "TV Actress Arrested for Sending Ricin Letters - Philip Bump". The Atlantic Wire. May 30, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
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  12. ^ a b Deutsch, Kevin (2013-06-07). "Feds: Actress arrested in ricin case". Newsday. 
  13. ^ "Man at center of ricin investigation attended James Bowie High in Simms". Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "AP sources: Texas actress arrested in ricin case | Mobile". May 31, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Fernandez, Manny (May 31, 2013). "Inquiry Into Obama and Bloomberg Ricin Letters Leads to Search of a Texas House". The New York Times. 
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  19. ^ Memmott, Mark. "Reports: Husband Cleared, Wife Arrested In Latest Ricin Case : The Two-Way". NPR. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  20. ^ Mark Hosenball (May 31, 2013). "Texas man investigated over ricin letters to Obama - Chicago Tribune". Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Texas couple blames each other for ricin-laced letters". CBS News. May 31, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Texas woman arrested in ricin letters to Obama, Bloomberg: Officials - U.S. News". October 24, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Texas woman who told FBI her husband sent ricin-tainted letters is arrested". Fox News. June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Actress arrested for ricin-laced letters sent to President". USA Today. June 7, 2013. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  25. ^ Mattingly, Phil (May 6, 2013). "Woman Said to Be Arrested for Obama, Bloomberg Ricin Letters". Bloomberg. Retrieved June 7, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Actress Arrested". Talking Points Memo. 2013. 
  27. ^ Martin, Marie. "Ricin suspect ranks No. 1 on IMDb - Richardson’s rating skyrockets after arrest in poisoned letter investigation". Texarkana Gazette. Retrieved 23 March 2014. 
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  29. ^ Nixon, Ron (July 3, 2013). "U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement". New York Times. 
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  31. ^ Merchant, Nomaan. "Texas Woman Admits To Sending Ricin To Obama". Associated Press via Huffington Post. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 

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